Jamie cooks up a storm to beat Giles in bestseller list
IT was a Christmas to remember for Jamie Oliver and Johnny Giles whose books have been the runaway bestsellers over the festive period.
The Nielsen figures for book sales in Ireland show that in the two weeks ending on December 25, Jamie Oliver and Johnny Giles were number 1 and 2 respectively, as they had been in most of the previous weeks in the run-up to Christmas.
Oliver's latest cookbook, 'Jamie's 30-Minute Meals', was by far the biggest seller in Ireland with sales worth €411,662. The book has been in the bestseller chart here for the past 12 weeks and its total sales in Ireland have now passed the €1m mark.
Giles also scored with his autobiography, 'A Football Man', earning sales worth €278,984.
In third place and one of the surprise hits of Christmas was the 'US 2' book of photographs organised by the Ray D'Arcy radio show, which had sales of €239,354, with the proceeds going to Barnardos.
This did so well it even outsold the perennial Christmas bestseller, the Guinness World Records, pushing it into fourth place.
Ryan Tubridy came fifth with sales of his 'JFK in Ireland' book worth €164,934.
In sixth place was the republished Leaving Cert poetry book 'Soundings' edited by Gus Martin.
Seventh place went to 'Wasters' by Shane Ross and Nick Webb.
Emma Donoghue's novel 'Room', inspired by the Josef Fritzl case, with sales totalling €136,201 over the two weeks, was in eighth place.
Two sports books came next. In ninth place was jockey Ruby Walsh's autobiography 'Ruby'. And in tenth place was rugby international Alan Quinlan's book 'Red Blooded'.